At a time when more and more plants and animals are threatened with extinction by humanity's ever-increasing pressure on the land and oceans of the planet, this book sets out to record sources of colorants discovered and used on all the continents from antiquity until the present day. Some 300 plants and 30 animals (marine molluscs and scale insects) are illustrated and discussed by the author, whose passion for natural dyes, with their colors of unequalled richness and subtlety, has taken her across the globe in search of dye sources and dyers. Botanical and zoological details are given for each source and chemical structures for each dye. Dyes employed by different civilizations are illustrated and relevant historical recipes and detailed descriptions of dyeing-processes by traditional dyers are quoted and explained in the light of modern science. Other current uses of such colorants, such as in medicine, and as colorants for food and cosmetics, are also noted. Although natural dyes have been largely replaced by synthetic dyes, increasing worldwide awareness of the harmful consequences of the pollution resulting from the production and use of some synthetic colorants has led to a significant revival and renewed interest in natural colorants. As potential renewable resources, natural dyes are an integral part of the major issue of our time: sustainable development. The aim of this book is to provide a scientific background for this important debate.
"Sm4to, 277pgs + Advertisements. Full bound in light green cloth with purple and gilt stamped illustration and titling on front board and purple titling on spine. Lovely black & white illustrations of needle craft examples and designs on almost every page. Book is solid and interior is clean; except for previous owner's name in pencil on verso of second blank and very mild toning. Boards are bright and clean, edges and corners lightly worn and slightly bumped. Spine joints and ends have light wear as well, titling slightly faded.
"*AT THE END OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. 1885, Small 4to, 394 pgs +ads. Ex-library. Full bound red cloth with gilt pictoral on front board, morocco leather title label on spine. Numerous illustration plates throughout text. Gilt top edge of text block, deckle exterior edge. Some dust soil on block edges and cloth. Clean apart from ex-library markings. A solid book.
From the pages of Fellowship magazine, this volume highlights the writings of some of the preeminent peacemakers of our century. These seventy original and classic essays offer a comprehensive reader in nonviolence while also chronicling the struggle for peace and justice in the twentieth century. For students, activists, and all who share an interest in building a more just and peaceful world.
"4to, unpaginated, 74 color plates, near fine with small closed tear to rear of dj and small indentation at spine. Binding is solid. no owner's identification present. Introductory text by Frieda Grafe, forward by Hubert de Givenchy, interview with Gruau by Joelle Chariau. Color plates are bright and sharp, Gruau's work immediately recalls the excitement of Tolouuse Lautrec's Moulin Rouge series. A beautiful copy.
Tom Ford has become one of fashion's great icons. He transformed Gucci from a moribund accessories label into one of the sexiest fashion brands in the world. His designs have increased sales at Gucci tenfold and have helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today. Ford brought a hard-edged style synonymous with 21st century glamour to his clothes, and Hollywood sat up and took note. This book is a complete catalogue of Ford's design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. It chronicles not only Ford's clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford's grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising. Tom Ford features more than 200 photographs by Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous other photographers including many previously unpublished images. Published to coincide with his departure from Gucci, this book has been created with Ford's full cooperation and every page reflects his exceptional taste. It is Ford's testament to a career of singular moments reinventing the boundaries of style and sensuality in clothing.
"Folio, 414pgs. Solid binding and interior is clean. Text block is rippling a bit. Boards are slightly bowed and the white lettering on front cover and spine is chipping away. This remains a desirable book which extensively chronicles, mostly photographically, the work of fashion designer Tom Ford.